Today is the big day! Today we announce the results of Polly Pocket’s Wisdom Panel DNA Test. Today we find out what really makes a Polly Pocket so Polly Pocket-y.
Is Polly made of sugar and spice and everything nice? Maaaaaybe…
Is she a 50/50 mix of “totally adorable” and “impossibly cute?” Some might say that…
There were lots of guesses on Facebook as to what Polly Pocket’s EXACT breed mix was… everything was guessed from Mastiff, Boxer, Chihuahua, Rottweiler, English Bulldogge, Burmese Mountain Dog, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Sharpei, Pug, German Shepherd, Irish Terrier, Basset Hound, Siberian Husky, Ibizan Hound, Beagle, French Bulldog, Black Mouth Cur, Bloodhound, Whippet, Herrier, Argentine Dogo, to Akita. None of those were correct.
The two breeds that make up the majority of Polly’s DNA were guessed by Facebook fans, along with a few of her other breed indicators, but not one person guessed the main two breeds together! So, without further adieu, this is what Polly Pocket is made of…
Considering Polly’s slim stature and penchant for crazy zoomies all over the yard – I totally buy this combination but I am trying to figure out how this went down… did a purebred American Bulldog fall in love with a Vizsla mix from the wrong side of the tracks?!
The Wisdom Panel results lists a short profile of the two prominent breeds along with characteristic traits and photos of each breed.
As I read over the profiles and traits, I was shocked at how accurate it was. Is she an energetic, alert, intelligent, and active dog who may be exuberant? YES! Shy around strangers? YEP! Loves playing retrieving games? Totally! Chases wildlife? ONLY EVERY MORNING! Well, she is just acting out her Vizsla traits! Does she require daily mental and physical activity to prevent hyperactivity and difficulty in handling? YUP! Does she form strong bonds to her people? SO. MUCH. SO! Well, that’s her American Bulldog side coming out!
While it appears that the American Bulldog side is pure all the way down, her Vizsla-side is a bit more muddled. According to the Wisdom Panel, the “mixed breed” portion on the Vizsla-side is made up of several breeds based on a certain DNA markers…
I think this part interested me more than anything… Basenji?! Weimaraner?! Labrador Retriever (although, seriously, every mixed breed dog seems to have at least a bit of lab in them. Labs must just get around…)?! This is crazy! And what’s most crazy to me is that Polly is less than 4% “pit bull.”
The American Staffordshire Terrier is the the main breed that is considered a “pit bull” by society. A lot of cities that ban “pit bulls” will include Am Staffs in the ban because they are so similar. So… Polly Pocket Pittie really isn’t much of a pittie at all. She has been looked over by many potential adopters since June because of her “breed” that really wasn’t her breed at all. Many of the cities with BSL determine if a dog is a “pit bull” based on specific characteristics, such as a blocky head and
adorable smile broad chest, but if you look at the Wisdom Panel Photo Gallery of dogs who were found to be “American Staffordshire Terriers” (aka “pit bulls”), they don’t all have those exact traits. So one dog could safely live in a city with BSL while another could not.
So many dogs with blocky heads and muscular bodies languish in shelters for this reason, whether or not they are, in fact, pit bulls. While I am stoked that Polly’s pool of potential adopters will get bigger now that we can change her petfinder profile to reflect her DNA findings, I am sad that is even a factor at all. We need to be pushing to have BSL repealed in areas that have it and prevent it from coming to cities that don’t. While recent repeals in Ohio and Massachusetts are wonderful, we still have a long ways to go because we need to realize, it may be pit bulls that are the target now, but who knows what breed might be targeted later if we don’t stand up and demand that our dogs be judged as individuals – not as a whole breed.
Here is some information on BSL and what you can do to fight it in your area.
Oh, and if you’d like to adopt your very own Vizsla/American Bulldog mix, check out Polly’s Petfinder profile!
Also, I was not paid or perked by Wisdom Panel to use their product. I purchased it with my own funds out of curiosity of what made up our little Polly Pocket dog!